This grant funded potion entails field work, project implementation, junior staff supervision, data entry and quality control, report writing, geospatial mapping, and may depending on experience and performance, include grant reporting, statistical analyses, and publication support. Projects will generally focus on Whooping Crane behavioral monitoring and habitat use, but may also include research and management related to Least Terns, Piping Plovers, and wet meadow ecology. The position may also involve community outreach and land management support, as necessary. This is a contract position and includes no benefits; the contractor will be working to deliver products and is not a regular employee of the Crane Trust. Though we may at times provide an off-road vehicle for contractor use, it is preferred that the contractor primarily operate out of their own vehicle for this project. Mileage will be reimbursed at the 2020 federal rate of $0.575 per mile. Position entails working 30-40 hours per week, with occasional after-hours work depending on external circumstances (peak of migration, etc.).
A college degree with a major or minor in the biological sciences, natural resources, ornithology, botany, range science, ecology, wildlife biology, agriculture or a related field, and at least 3 years of full-time experience in the field of avian ecology. Or, an advanced degree (MS, MNR, MEM, PhD, etc.) in a related field and at least 1 year of full-time work experience in the field of avian ecology. Experience working as a contractor preferred. Contractor must be comfortable working in extreme weather conditions safely (e.g., storms, snow, low temperatures, etc.). Contractor may be exposed to biting insects, hot humid weather conditions, and poisonous plants as well. An ability to get along and work well with others is a must. Must have the ability to hike moderate distances over uneven terrain and lift up to 50 lbs. Skill in Microsoft office including Word, Access, and Excel, STATA, R, SPSS, ArcGIS, ArcPad, Garmin Basecamp, DNR Garmin, and other programs often used in Natural Resources Research is a great benefit. You must have proof of personal or company health insurance and a valid driver’s license for this position. Experience with off-road driving and UTVs is also a benefit.
The application deadline is September 20th, 2020. To apply send one document, preferably a PDF, containing your resume/CV, contact information, 3 references, and a cover letter no longer than 1 page detailing your interests in this project, your skillset, important experiences (educational, volunteer, or work highlights), and a little about your philosophy on conservation and work. Thank you for your interest in this position. Please email or airmail applications to the below address and feel free to call with any questions.